There is nothing more frustrating than doing the right thing and being hurt because of it. You reported a superior for sexual harassment, but since then, you’ve had a horrible work experience. Your employer has openly mocked you. A co-worker was promoted over you, even though you had more experience and education.

Retaliation can take many forms. You should know that it is not legal, and you may be able to pursue a lawsuit against your employer if they allow it to continue.

Are there ways that you can protect yourself against retaliation in the workplace?

It’s your employer’s responsibility to provide a workplace without retaliation. If they fail to do so, you should report your concerns to your Human Resources department. If they do nothing, then you may want to talk about the case with your attorney.

Do you have to continue to work in a hostile workplace?

If you are in danger or feel that you’re unable to work in the conditions, you can let your employer know that you won’t be returning to work until there is a resolution. However, before you do so, it’s a good idea to talk to your attorney about protecting yourself and your job. If nothing is being done to make you safer, you shouldn’t have to continue working. This is a complex situation, though, so getting good support can make a difference and help you get the right evidence for your case before you leave your workplace.

Our website has more information on what you can do if you’re a victim of retaliation or are being treated badly in your workplace. No one should have to live with retaliation or harassment at work.